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29 May 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 22)

KODA Family Day - Kids of Deaf Adults
Fun, games, laughs and surprises will be held on the 8th of June from 11am to 5pm. Cost will be €10 per family. The venue will be confirmed shortly. Please bring your own picnic lunch. Drinks and dessert provided. If interested in attending, please text: Susan O’Callaghan 086-8535574, Veronica White 086-8901359. The event is being organised by the Cork Deaf Association and Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.
Please download 'Koda Ireland' in Word doc here (size 32k).

Irish Deaf History
A new web page has been launched to keep a record of Irish Deaf History. If you know of Deaf Events, Sporting achievements, Deaf people who have died, Historical events that us as Deaf people should remember in 3 years, 5 years or even 10 years time - let IDH know- you can email: Website:,

Cricket success
We'd like to send our best wishes to Ahsan Memon, one of our young members who celebrated success in a cricket match at the weekend in Midelton town. Ahsan played with the Kerry County Cricket Club against Midelton Cricket Club. The end score was 106-10/ 29-10. Kerry won by 77 runs.

Interpretered Choir Performance
Gloria- the gay choir will have a performance at the National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace, Dublin 2 on Sunday 8th June at 8pm. A sign language interpreter will be present on the night. Tickets on sale from or check details on

IDS Jumble Sale
A jumble sale will be organised in aid of Irish Deaf Society on Saturday 14th June 2008 At Car Park, Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra. It will be held from 10am to 6pm. All are welcome. Admission is free. Lots of great stuff to sell at fabulous prices! Come and join the fun!

Marriage Equality Lecture
Monnie Griffith will give a lecture on gay, lesbian marriage, civil partnership at Outhouse, 105 Capel Street, Dublin 1 on Saturday, 14th June at 2pm. An ISL / English Interpreter will be provided! For more information, check out

Unique Voice Inter-Cultural Course
Intercultural Communication Workshop will be organised by Unique Voice Interpreting Agency on Wednesday 11th of June from 9 to 1pm in Tralee. To attend, it will cost: Private, State & Semi-State Sector €99, Non-profit & voluntary organisations €55. A sign language interpreter will be provided.

Men's Development Network
Men Are Learning, the 12th Annual Men's Summer School, will be held in Maynooth from Monday June 16th to Wednesday June 18th 2008. The Summer School will provide a safe confidential setting for men to explore what they know about themselves, what they have learned through their life experience, and to value both. Men have the capacity to bring about positive change through reviewing their beliefs, actions, attitudes and adopting ones that support the well-being and health of men. In addition to large group and small group sessions there will be an opportunity to partake in workshops offered on topics such as health, learning, leadership and heartfelt experiences. This is an alcohol free event. An ISL interpreter will be available. For more information please contact The Men's Development Network, email:, Tel: 051-844260/1, Website:
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22 May 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 21)

Hi and welcome to our Kerry Deaf weekly update! Hope you all enjoyed the wonderful weather over the past week!

Deaf Jurors
The Free Legal Advice Centres is currently taking a challenge against the exclusion of deaf jurors under the Juries Act. Under this Act deaf people cannot take part in a jury. The Act says that "persons specified in Part I of the First Schedule shall be ineligible for jury service...: Persons Ineligible - Incapable persons: A person who because of insufficient capacity to read, deafness or other permanent infirmity is unfit to serve on a jury see the Oireachtas web page for full version of the Juries Act." The case is listed for 29th and 30th May in the High Court and is open to the public. The FLAC encourage members of the Deaf community to be there in order to highlight this important issue. For more information contact Free Legal Advice Centres, 13 Lr Dorset Street, Dublin 1. Tel: 01-874 5690, Fax: 01-874 5320.

Deaf Education Research
Elizabeth S. Mathews, a PhD student, will run an open information night for parents of D/deaf and Hard of Hearing children along with the Deaf Community at the KDRC on Wednesday, June 11th. The aim of the research is to examine the mainstreaming of education for children with a hearing loss. A focus group meeting with members of the Deaf community will be held the following day, Thursday June 12th, where Deaf people can discuss their concerns and/or experiences of the education system (mainstream or Deaf schools). The open meeting and focus group will run for approx. two hours, from 7pm to 9pm. If you have any questions you can contact the KDRC or Elizabeth at Tel: 01 7086219, MSN: or email:

Deaf Karaoke Night
The Irish Deaf Society Presents Deaf Karaoke in aid of the Thailand Trek 2008 to raise funds for Deaf services in Ireland. Ever seen the interpreters on late-night MTV? Think YOU can do better? NOW'S YOUR CHANCE! Prizes for best solo signer and voice-sign duet! Come and take part in this fun night where Deaf and hearing culture mix! Deaf and hearing welcome! Karaoke night will be held on Saturday 24th May 2008, 8.00pm at Slattery's Pub, Capel St, Dublin. Admission €15. For more information email:

Deaforward, the advocacy service run by the Irish Deaf Society, will have an open information meeting at the KDRC on 27th May at 8pm. An advocate from Deaforward will give a presentation on their services and issues for the Deaf community. The presentation will be in ISL. Tea/coffee and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome. For more information, please contact the KDRC.

Rose Of Tralee
Congratulations to Catriona Delahunty who represented the KDRC in this year's Kerry Rose selection, which took place on last Saturday night. The night was hosted the TG4's Daithi O Se. The eventual winner represented the Omniplex Cinemas. Our thanks to Suzanne Carey for interpreting on the night.
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15 May 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 20)

Hearing Aid False Advertising
We have received a number of complaints from clients regarding misleading hearing aid adverts. One private hearing aid service wanted people to participate in a free trial of hearing aids. A hard of hearing client made contact with the hearing aid dispenser and got involved with the trials. Once completed, the client was quoted €10,000 for the hearing aids. If you require hearing aids, please be very careful selecting your hearing aid dispenser, there are many stories out there of elderly people parting with their money and not getting the service they paid for!!. If you are in receipt of a medical card, you can get a hearing test and hearing aids via the HSE. However, if you want to go privately in Kerry, please contact us by email: or by Mobile/ Text: 087 633 4687 and we will give you a list of approved dispensers.

CACDP Re-Designed Website
The Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People have updated their website: this is a very handy resource for those teaching and learning Irish Sign Language (ISL).

Studying or Teaching Irish Sign Language (ISL)
If you are studying Irish sign language or teaching sign language, you can purchase ISL materials online from CACDP at

ISL Assessors Wanted
CACDP has opportunities for knowledgeable individuals to become Level 1 ISL assessors. The prime role is to assess Level 1 ISL video-recorded assessments within a timescale. You need to have the following: Level 3 ISL qualification or signing skills at Level 3, Knowledge of sign linguistics, Objectivity, fairness and honesty. Organisational and communication skills. Ability to read and understand written English used in the Level 1 ISL Qualification.

You need to have knowledge of Level 1 Certificate in Irish Sign Language, a teaching qualification & teaching experience. Skills / qualification in assessment. Knowledge of Word documents and an email address. If you are selected for training as an assessor for Level 1 BSL/ISL, you will need to attend one of the following training days: 28 October Darlington, 12 November London. For more information, go to

Registering Candidates With CACDP
If you are teaching ISL or the other qualifications provided by CACDP including the Communication Tactics / Deaf Awareness modules, you can now register students online. The new web-based service requires centres to give no notice for internal assessments, and reduces most notice periods for external assessments to just 14 days. Accessed from the My Area link on the CACDP website, the candidate registration service requires no paper forms and offers immediate confirmations. If you have any questions on this new service, or indeed on any other aspect of CACDP qualifications and assessments, please contact CACDP Customer Support email:

Kerry Rose Selection
We would like to send our best wishes to Catriona Delahunty who will represent our service in the Kerry heat of the Rose of Tralee selection. The event will be held this Saturday 17th May in the Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee. If you would like to attend, please contact us and we will order tickets. An interpreter will be provided on the night. This year's Rose of Tralee will be held from the 22 to 26th of August. For more information, go to

Appreciation / Thanks
We would like to send our thanks to members of our service who have given our service boxes of chocolates, bottles of wine, home made queen cakes and small donations. We appreciate your gifts and donations. We would also like to thanks all those who read our notes on a regular basis and give us feedback on them, it makes a big difference to us to know we are making a difference to many people: thank you all.
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1 May 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 18)

Ombudsman Ireland - Who Can I Complain About?
The Ombudsman Office recently held an open clinic in Tralee. Our service had a meeting with them regarding interpreting access particularly within the HSE. The meeting was very productive. Further open clinics will be held throughout Ireland over the coming months, dates and locations are available on their website.

Are you dissatisfied with the service you have received from any of the following public bodies? Government Departments (e.g. Social and Family Affairs, Revenue Commissioners, Agriculture and Food, Education and Science etc.) Local Authorities, Health Service Executive, An Post?

Have you been unsuccessful in your efforts to sort out the problem with the body concerned? If your answer to both these questions is "YES", then the OMBUDSMAN may be able to help you. You can email them at or you can fill in a complaints form online at

Limerick School For The Deaf Open Day
The Limerick School for the Deaf will have an Open Day on Friday 9th of May. The school is situated at Greenfields, Rosbrien, Limerick. If you would like to attend, email

The school also has a website for more information,

Deaf Women's Group - Cancer Lecture For Men
The Irish Deaf Women's Group are holding a cancer information night for men on 16 May, 8pm, at the Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra, Dublin. Two Deaf men will speak about their experience of having cancer. This night is open to men only.

IDS National Council
The Irish Deaf Society will hold its next National Council meeting on the 23rd of May. The venue will be the Royal Dublin Hotel in O' Connell St. The meeting will start at 7.30pm will refreshments served at 7pm. If you would like to attend, send your name to

Ireland / UK Deaf Youth Camp
The IUK camp will be held in Wales this year. If you are your friends are interested in going or being a leader, check out The deadline for application forms and information is the 26th of May 2008.

The Seafarer At The Abbey
A captioned performance of Conor McPherson's The Seafarer will be shown at the Abbey Theatre, Dublin on May 17th 2.30pm. A Sign language interpreted performance will be shown on Monday 26 May at 8pm. The play is a story about Sharky. It's Christmas Eve and Sharky has returned to Dublin to look after his irascible, ageing brother who's recently gone blind. Old drinking buddies Ivan and Nicky are holed up at the house too, hoping to play some cards. With the arrival of a stranger from the distant past, the stakes are raised ever higher. In fact, Sharky may be playing for his very soul... For more information see Tickets can be booked online at the Abbey Theatre website, at the box office or by calling the box office at 01 8787222.

Tralee IT Summer Camps
Tralee IT is organising two Summer Camps this year: Lego Robotics and Multimedia. In the Lego Robotics camp kids learn basic computer programming and build and program robots that do what you want! It is divided into two age groups: 7 to 11 years and 12 to 16 years old. Robotics camps run throughout July and August. The Multimedia camp involves learning basic multimedia packages including Flash and Director. This camp runs from June 16th - 20th and is suitable for 13 to 18 year olds. Both camps will be held at the IT North Campus, Tralee. For further information and an application form contact Marion Lynch, Dept. of Computing & Mathematics, IT Tralee. Tel: 087 9489021; email:

Do you teach CACDP’s Level 1 and/or Level 2 ISL qualification? CACDP is holding Level 1 and 2 ISL Training in the Dublin Deaf Association on the following dates: Level 1 ISL ­ Saturday 19 July Level 2 ISL ­ Sunday 20 July

The cost for the courses is £140 per person per day. However, if you attend the Level 1 course on 19 July you will get the Level 2 course on 20 July for free!!

Visit for details of the full training programme and booking forms. If you have any queries please contact: Joanne Wears, Admin Officer ­ Training and Support. Telephone: 0044 191 383 1155 ext 242, textphone: 0044 191 383 7915 or email:

Headsup - Rehab Text Service
'Headsup' is a text service to enable young people to access a range of helpline and support services simply by texting the word "Headsup" to 50424. The service, which is co-ordinated by Rehab and supported by Meteor, is fully confidential. Through Headsup young people can receive information on how to access support services for a wide range of issues such as relationships, suicide, sexual health and mental health direct to their mobile. Once a text is received by the service, the user is sent a list of topics they might like help with. There are 12 options to choose from: crisis, suicide, alcohol, drugs, mental health, debt, sexuality, abuse, gambling, sexual health, parenting and teen issues. The user chooses the topic and instantly receives a list of appropriate helpline numbers. The Samaritans, AL Anon, Aware, Women's Aid, Childline, Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS) and Bodywhys are among the many support services listed. They can then get up-to-date and accurate contact numbers for these organisations. For more information see
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1 May 2008 (VOL 6 WEEK 18)

RTÉ Subtitle Champions League
RTÉ are delighted to announce the live subtitling of the first and second legs of the Champions League on 22nd and 23rd April and 29th and 30th April. The full three hour programme from 19.00 to 22.00 on RTÉ Two will be subtitled live by our UK based subtitling company. The final of this event will also be subtitled live on 21st May 2008. Live subtitling is complex and expensive especially for live sports. At present RTÉ subtitle live all GAA coverage using stenographers based in Canberra in Australia as there is a severe shortage of qualified broadcast stenographers available in Ireland and the UK. RTÉ value feed-back on the quality of the subtitling of these sporting events.

Sign Language Lecture at Centre For Deaf Studies
The Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) is holding a lecture Ms. Carmel Grehan entitled “Gendered Sign Language in St. Mary’s School” on Friday, 2nd May 2008, 1.30 - 2.30pm - CDS - Room B. Ms. Grehan will discuss the segregation of St. Mary’s School and the effect this had on Deaf women’s sign variation. For more information, please contact the CDS at

Simply Signing Animal Sign Book
Congratulations to Simply Signing on the launch of the "First Animal Sign Book" published in association with Dublin Zoo. This is the first children's board book in Irish Sign Language for all children in Ireland. All children will love this book. It has been designed for children and adults to enjoy together. It has colourful pictures and simple text to make it ideal for first readers and young children learning Irish Sign Language. By introducing the manual alphabet this book also supports literacy skills at an early age. If you have any queries about the book please check out the Simply Signing website: website: or contact them at or mobile number: 086 805 3987.

European Union of Deaf Youth Camp
The EUD Youth Camp will be held in Serbia this year from 20th - 28th July and the Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for two people to attend. You must be aged between 18 to 30 to apply and the deadline for applications is 9th May. If you are interested in learning about Eastern Europe, making new international friends, going on lots of fun activities and cultural trips check out Application forms are available from IDYA, 30 Blessingtion St, Dublin 7, or contact John Charles, IDYA committee at or

Spirit of Sign
A reminder that Spirit of Sign, the Cork Deaf Drama Group, are presenting a new play from 21st to 24th May 2008 at the Granary Theatre, Mardyke, Cork, called "Down Through the (Y)Ears". The drama is Deaf journey through time narrating the challenges that deaf people have faced throughout history - from cave dwellers to space-travellers, from medieval monks to the Nazi holocaust. The work is a unique piece of physical, visual theatre that is funny, poignant and enlightening. There will be a post show talk with cast and crew on Friday, May 23rd. Bookings: email, tel: 021 4904275, mobile: 087 6443765 (text only) Tickets €15 euro. €8 euro.

Tralee Women's Resource Centre
The Tralee Women's Resource Centre is holding an Alzheimer’s Tea Morning at its centre at 35 Ashe St., Tralee on May 1st. It starts at 10.30 a.m. and continues to 12.00 p.m. Everyone is welcome. For more information please contact the centre at tel: 066 712 0622 / 7190 766; fax: 066 712 0817; or email:

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